Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Photograph of OLLI MembersOverview

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke began in 1977 as the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement, a joint venture of Duke Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. 

Since 2004, we have been members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Network, a group of over 100 lifelong learning institutes funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation and dedicated to providing excellent education for adult learners and to extending the demographic served by traditional universities.

OLLI at Duke offers a wide array of courses - in literature, history, religion, philosophy, natural sciences, social sciences, performing arts, art and architecture, economics, finance, computers and lifestyle issues.

Our curriculum committee is responsive to the requests of our members, so our offerings are always fresh. In addition, we have social events, guest speakers, short trips, and a host of special interest groups, ranging from two book clubs and a photography group to our own New Horizons Band and Chorus.

OLLI classes are non-credit -there are neither tests nor grades nor educational requirements. We choose to learn from each other, to hear opposing ideas, and to synthesize the expertise of the instructor, the wisdom of our fellow students and our own opinions into new views. It is this synthesis that keeps us strong, as individuals and as a program.

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Garry Crites, Director / Office - Room 104, The Bishop's House
919-684-2703; 919-681-8235 (FAX); garry.crites@duke.edu
Mary Georger, Assistant
919-681-3476; 919-681-8235 (FAX); mge4@duke.edu

Duke Continuing Studies
Box 90700
Durham, NC 27708